How TNS won theWord Cup!

The New Saints of Oswestry Town won theWord Cup after beating Bala Town 3-0 in the Final.

Overall, The Saints won five matches on their way to lifting the trophy and scored 12 goals during the process. The Saints only conceded two goals along the way and lifted their sixth League Cup in their history.

The journey started on the 19th of August, 2014. An away fixture at Y Traeth, Porthmadog, seemed like a potential banana skin for Craig Harrison’s TNS side, however, the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Champions put in an excellent performance to knock Porthamdog out of the Cup in the first round.

Goals in each half from Alex Darlington and Steve Evans were enough to clinch a two nil victory, leaving The Saints in the hat for the next round.

The Saints were drawn at home against rivals Airbus UK in what looked a mouth-watering tie. The Wingmakers had finished second to The Saints for the past two seasons in the league and were also the side that knocked TNS out of theWord Cup the previous season.

Revenge however was sweet for The Saints who went in front thanks to Scott Quigley. An own goal from the visitors put TNS in the ascendancy but a late Glenn Rule goal ensured a nervy ending at Park Hall Stadium but The Saints were strong enough to hold on and advance into the Quarter Final.

In the following round, The Saints were once again drawn at home and this time would play lower league opposition. The team were Penybont, who had impressively knocked out Carmarthen Town in the previous round.

Goals from Alex Darlington, Mike Wilde and Scott Quigley sealed the tie for The Saints who progressed into the Semi-Final

After an entertaining 0-0 draw at Park Hall, Port Talbot managed to break the deadlock in extra time thanks to the prolific Rhys Griffiths. However, TNS battled back to equalise within five minutes through Connell Rawlinson.

The game then appeared to be destined for penalties but Scott Quigley’s very late goal managed to break Port Talbot hearts and send The Saints into the final.

News then broke, that the 2014/2015 theWord Cup Final would be held at Paveways, Latham Park, Newtown which had recently laid down a new 3G pitch.

The opponents in the Final would be Colin Caton’s Bala Town, a team that were chasing TNS in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League.

The Final was held on Sunday the 25th of January and took place with the FA Wales team manager, Chris Coleman in attendance.

The Saints played magnificently well throughout the whole final and fully deserved the victory over Bala.  First half goals from Scotty Quigley and Chris Seargeant put TNS in control at half time. The second half saw the impressive Quigley complete his brace and ensure that Craig Harrison lifted theWord Cup for the first time in his managerial career.



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